Car Care Detailing Guide
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COMPOUNDING THE PAINT

"Compounding" is the use of abrasive compounds to grind the surface layers of severely damaged or dull paint. Compounding is going one step further than polishing, since this process requires a more aggressive cleaner to revitalize old dull and worn out paint. It should be done in extreme situations only. This process quickly and effectively levels the paint by smoothing the surface and removing dead oxidized paint. Compounding removes the upper most layer of oxidized material by actually stripping or cutting the first layer of paint. Compounding is a Type C Paint Condition process for used paint that has heavy scratches, spotting, 1200-2000 grit sandpaper marks and/or surface contaminants. Compounding ALWAYS requires polishing or waxing afterwards to fill the leveled areas in the paint. Be sure you know that the vehicle requires compounding or not. Some Auto Magic more aggressive polishes combine the 2 step compound/polish step into 1 polishing step. This will save time and effort.
 

  Recommended Procedures: 

STEP 1: CLAY THE SURFACE, "PAINT CLEANING"
After properly washing your vehicle, spray Auto Magic« #49-Body Shine«  or Clay Magic« Clay Lube onto a 3' X 3' section of the vehicle's painted surface. Clay the surface with #CM-2200 Clay Magic«. For more info on claying, see Using Detailing Clay.

DETERMINE THE PAINTED CONDITION
Each vehicle may require a different process for compounding, polishing, and waxing. This process depends upon the condition of the paint. Some vehicles may only need a protective layer of wax while others may require compounding and polishing. Use the Paint Condition Chart to help determine your paint condition. 


FOLLOW THE PAINT CONDITION CHART PROCESS
After you choose your paint condition, follow the recommended repair with the product choices listed on the Paint Condition Chart. Refer to each product technical bulletin for additional usage and helpful tips.


STEP 2: COMPOUND (For Machine Application) see below for hand application
If you have a Type C Paint Condition, compound the area with an orbital polisher and wool pad. Follow the recommended steps below for proper compounding procedures.

STEP 2A: CENTER THE WOOL PAD
Properly center the pad with a #1002C pad centering tool. Keep compounding pads separate from polishing or waxing pads. Inside the pad, write a C for compounding pads, and a P for polishing or waxing pads.

STEP 2B: "SPUR" THE PAD
"Spur" the pad with a #1002 pad cleaning tool. Spur it often to keep it clean. A good practice to remember is after each panel, hood, or deck lid, spur the pad.


STEP 2C: APPLY COMPOUND
Apply a thin, straight line of compound directly to the paint to be corrected. Refer to the Paint Condition Chart for help in determining the correct product for application. Do not compound in direct sunlight. If you can't get indoors, get into the shade.

STEP 2D: BUFF
Buff the product immediately, do not let it set on the surface for an extended period. Use a wool pad. Buff at the recommended product's rpm speed. Keep the pad flat at all times. Don't "burn" the surface by using too much pressure, high rpms, or keeping the polisher in an area too long. Use #40 Body Shine« to help keep the area "wet" when buffing.

STEP 3: POLISH
ALWAYS polish the compounded surface after compounding. This will "fill" the "leveled" areas and give it a protective glossy finish. Check the abrasive level on the product. Typically, the lower the abrasive content, the more wax the product has. Some higher wax content products may not require the next step 4: wax process. For more info on polishing procedures and polishes, see Polishing.

STEP 4: WAX (optional)
If you want further surface protection and ultra long gloss, wax your polished finish with a premium Auto Magic wax, polymer, or paint sealant. For more info on waxing procedures and waxes, see Waxing.


STEP 2: COMPOUND (For Hand Application)
If you have a Type C Paint Condition, compound the area by hand. Follow the recommended steps below for proper compounding procedures.

STEP 2A: APPLY COMPOUND
Apply a thin, straight line of compound directly to the paint to be corrected. Refer to the Paint Condition Chart for help in determining the correct product for application. Do not compound in direct sunlight. If you can't get indoors, get into the shade.

STEP 2B: HAND BUFF
Use a micro fiber towel or applicator pad to compound the area that needs attention.


STEP 3: POLISH
ALWAYS polish the compounded surface after compounding. This will "fill" the "leveled" areas and give it a protective glossy finish. Check the abrasive level on the product. Typically, the lower the abrasive content, the more wax the product has. Some higher wax content products may not require the next step 4: wax process. For more info on polishing procedures and polishes, see polishing.

STEP 4: WAX (optional)
If you want further surface protection and ultra long gloss, wax your polished finish with a premium Auto Magic wax, polymer, or paint sealant. For more info on waxing procedures and waxes, see waxing.

 

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